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My First Instagram Journey - (Newbie)

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by MPSHURO, Jan 7, 2016.

  1. MPSHURO

    MPSHURO Registered Member

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    Alright guys, I just stumbled upon BHW yesterday while looking for ways to grow my Insta accounts. How convenient that I wound up here...it's a complete goldmine. A huge thank-you to everyone who has shared any sort of tip or advice, I'm soaking it in like a sponge.

    Anyways, I figured I better get cracking with what I've learned so far and start my first journey with the tactics described around the forums, specifically from Euphorix and ruler2020. I would link the threads I'm referring to but I'm still limited from doing that since I'm new. Once I can, I will.

    My plan

    I have three accounts. two accounts are for specific niches, the third account is more of a personal account with light targeting. My personal account I've had for a few months. My two niche-specific accounts I started just today. Here are my stats so far:


    Account Niche 1: 64 Followers 20 - 70 likes on each post. 0 - 3 comments on each post.

    Account Niche 2: 10 Followers 1 - 5 likes on each post. 0 - 1 comments on each post.

    Personal Account: 1,385 Followers 20 - 100 likes on each post. 0 - 10 comments on each post.


    I will grow accounts 1 and 2 consistently every day with the methods in the threads above. I am borrowing content and sprinkling in my own content with it. Everything is high quality. I am going to interact with my followers as much as possible and use some posts that call for engagement (example: asking a question in the caption, allowing submissions, etc). The only difference is that I'm going to use hashtags. I'm not going to use any bots. I will unfollow about 50 - 100 people a day depending on what I see fit. Since I'm not using bots and I'm starting from scratch, this will be a long journey.


    The third account is going to be lightly worked. I use all of my own content. I recently picked up a DSLR and I'm learning photography so the content quality is growing. My personal account is niche-related to account 1, so I will shout my personal account out on account number 1 as it grows, and attempt to drive traffic to my personal account from account 1 as much as possible (Any other ideas on how to do this?)

    Account number 2 is niche-related to my Facebook account. I simply put my FB in the bio and will see how the traffic moves from IG to FB for a while. I will use all the same methods as with account 1.


    Monetization

    This is something that will be worked out more as my followers grow, but I have an outline.

    Account 1: Selling my own products, charging users for shout-outs, possibly CPA down the road.

    Account 2: Selling my own service, charging users for shout-outs. No CPA.

    Personal Account: Since it's niche-related to #1, I plan on selling my product through here. No shout-outs or CPA.



    That's all for now, please let me know if there is anything I should consider (I'm a complete newbie at this). I will update at minimum once a week.
     
  2. Thenub

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    Best of luck, what do you mean selling your own service?
    What are you selling?

    And you can add link of personal account to bio of account 1 to drive some more traffic.
     
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    True, I can do that. Thanks.

    I won't say because it might give away my niche but basically it's an educational service/community that I currently profit from on other social media. I'm using IG to scale up.
     
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    ***Update***


    Account 1: 147 followers

    Account 2: 46 followers

    Personal: 1,383


    Account 1 really took off. Account 2 is growing slowly for some reason. I'm going to experiment with the posts, try to push the quality. Personal account I haven't touched.
     
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    Nice to see that you are doing everything manually, best of luck on your journey.
     
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    Good luck on your journey! Doing something similar myself.
     
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    Seems like a great journey for a beginner, I should say. I will be following this journey. Keep pushing!
     
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    ***Update***

    Account 1: 459 followers
    Account 2: 110 followers
    Personal : 1,458 followers


    Clearly I am focused on account #1. I better start giving Account #2 a fair shot or this won't work, I need to try harder. My personal account is going smoothly, I haven't used any tactics on it besides putting the link in account #1. Engagement is fair.
     
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    So far so good! Hope you won't just abandon your journey. Good luck! :)
     
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    Too excited to abandon it! There is a lot of power in Instagram ;)
     
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    good luck on your journey stick to it and keep it going
     
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    **Update**

    Account 1: 985 followers
    Account 2: 161
    Account 3: 1470

    I am very happy with Account 1's growth. Believe it or not I already have people asking for shoutouts. I have been giving them out for free for now but my traffic is getting pretty large considering I only have under 1,000 followers. My best post has 436 likes, others have 300+, and the norm is 100-200+.

    Account 2 I'm kind of worried about. Even when I post consistently and use the same methods, the follow back rate is way below 33%. I think maybe my niche is over saturated. I don't know, should I keep pushing this or should I start over with something new?

    Also when should I begin charging for shouts? I know most people around here say when you have 50k followers but about 7-10 people have asked for shouts so far. Should I keep doing it for free until I hit maybe 5k? 10k?
     
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    Low followback rate.. Tweak it / rethink your plan.. Although, nice engagement ratio!
     
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    Yep, did something a little differently today. Went to a different page to follow new people. Ended today with 171 followers on that account. I'll keep trying this
     
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    Hit 1,024 followers on account 1 today. Was pretty excited about that. Only a matter of time and consistency now. Any thoughts on the shoutout thing I mentioned?
     
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    Went over my once-a-week mark, oops. But I am going strong. 2,050 followers on account 1 as of right now.

    I decided to start over with account 2 entirely.
     
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    Hey,

    You have an awesome progress going, i started about a week or so ago and haven't even hit the 1k follower mark yet :( You seem to have found a good niche and good account to follow! Best of luck! Will follow along.
     
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    Wow, 2000 followers in less than a month manually - that seems to be a great start! Good luck on your journey, looking forward to see your progress and some tips along the way :)
     
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    Good luck with your journey. In last week it's almost 11 instagram journey I noticed.
     
  20. MPSHURO

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    2,820 followers today, my best post has 600+ likes.

    Really considering charging $5-10 for shoutouts once I reach 5,000 followers. All of the shoutouts I've given for free so far have generated 200+ likes. I speculate that when I reach 5,000 I can reach 500+ likes on submissions that I put out. Thoughts?

    Also, I'm very excited because I came up with a business idea for Account 1's niche. Not simply a "monetization method", but an actual business idea. I need someone to brainstorm with though....but I'm going to go even harder now. That means I'm going to have to neglect the other accounts, but I don't mind that. I think I have the potential to go above and beyond with this.